Registration and check-in (coffee and tea provided)
Welcome from Jason Marsh, Director of Programs, Greater Good Science Center
What is awe and why does it matter?
Keynote by Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Interactive musical performance by singer and composer Melanie DeMore
“I think that singing in a community allows people to have a certain bigness that they cannot have in a solitary way.” —
Nurturing Awe: How awe can be fostered through education
• Julie Mann, Teacher, Newcomers High School, Queens, NY
• Tom Rockwell, Director of Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium
• Moderated by Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director, Greater Good Science Center
Natural Elevation: The therapeutic benefits of experiencing awe in nature, presenting results of a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the Sierra Club
• Stacy Bare, Director, Sierra Club Outdoors
• Craig Anderson, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
• Jaclyn Lim, Marin County Parks
• Moderated by Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., Science Director, Greater Good Science Center
Reading by Robert Hass, former United States Poet Laureate
Our “Responsibility to Awe”:
Jason Silva in conversation with Dacher Keltner on how to escape monotony and find wonder in the everyday
How awe changes our minds and bodies
Keynote by Michelle “Lani” Shiota, Ph.D., Arizona State University.
Evoking Awe Through Art: Artists perform and reflect on how their work tries to convey and inspire awe. Includes a performance by Wu Man.
• Ben Davis and Vanessa Inn, Illuminate the Arts, creators of the Bay Lights public art project
• David Delgado, Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; co-founder, The Museum of Awe
• Poet Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics, UC Berkeley
• Wu Man, Grammy-nominated musician
• Moderated by Matias Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances
Awe and the Greater Good: How awe can inspire—and be inspired by—acts of altruism and moral courage
• Paul Piff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine
• Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ignite Institute, Pacific School of Religion
• Moderated by Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
Global Awe: Finding awe across cultures and across the universe
• Jennifer Stellar, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Toronto
• Alex Filippenko, Ph.D., professor of astronomy, UC Berkeley
• Moderated by Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.
Closing reflections from Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.
- Venue: Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Campus
- Date: June 4, 2016
- Time: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Price: $135-$159 (includes lunch)
Tickets are no longer for sale. There may be limited tickets availble at the door based on last-minute cancellations.
This event will truly be the first of its kind: A day exploring the science and experience of awe. Attendees will gain eye-opening insights and practical lessons to apply in health and educational settings, as well as in their own personal lives. And they will experience jaw-dropping moments of awe throughout the day.
Only recently has awe received serious scientific attention. Cutting-edge research on this emotion, including an unprecedented three-year project now drawing to a close at UC Berkeley, suggests that it has profound psychological, social, and physical health benefits—perhaps even stronger, in some cases, than those of other positive emotions.
At this day-long event, the leading scientific experts on awe will reveal the latest findings from their research. They will discuss its therapeutic and unique health benefits, how it can foster kindness and connection, and its potential to help kids and adults thrive in life. Their talks will be complemented by mind-expanding presentations and performances by artists, educators, and others. The program will explain what makes an experience awe-inspiring, shed light on why we feel awe, and explore how to inspire more awe in daily life—through nature, art, technology, and more.
The day will feature keynotes by two pioneers in the study of awe: Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., UC Berkeley professor of psychology and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and Michelle "Lani" Shiota, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. Drs. Keltner and Shiota will be joined by other top scientists, as well as world-class artists and creators, including Shots of Awe creator Jason Silva, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man, folk musician Melanie DeMore, and experts from the Exploratorium, NASA, the Sierra Club, the Bay Lights & more.
Five CE credit hours are available to nurses, psychologists, therapist, social workers, educators, and others.
Attendees will come away with a new way of seeing the world.
"The Art & Science of Awe" marks the culmination of a three-year research project on "The Universality of Awe," run by the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.